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Who Can Consent to Immunization of Minors? - 09/28/2022

Who in Texas can consent to immunization of minors?


TMA Foundation Board Adds New Trustees - 09/23/2022

Two physicians and a medical student have joined the Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) Board of Trustees. Each began serving on the board leading the philanthropic arm of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) at TMA Fall Conference meetings.


TMA Foundation Establishes Two New Scholarship Funds - 09/22/2022

The Texas Medical Association Foundation is pleased to announce two new scholarship funds established by Houston pathologist Roberto J. Bayardo, MD, in memory of his wife, Agniela (Annie).


Save the Date for 2023 TMAF Gala: The Art of Medicine - 09/19/2022

Recognizing Fort Worth for its vibrant art scene and honoring physicians for treating each patient individually and with care, the Texas Medical Association Foundation’s 30th annual gala will celebrate the Art of Medicine on Friday, May 19,


Talk to Patients About: Tetanus - 09/01/2022

Almost all U.S. tetanus cases occur among people who are unvaccinated or did not receive a booster shot, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


CDC Webinar: How to Recognize and Report Polio, Reinforce Vaccination - 08/30/2022

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigates a case of polio in New York state, the agency is encouraging physicians and health care professionals to ensure their patients are up to date on their polio vaccinations.


Final Round: Grant Applications Open to Help Promote Vaccines - 08/26/2022

In the face of persistent vaccine hesitancy, more than ever, medicine needs its soldiers to promote the safety, efficacy, and importance of vaccinations. You can receive help with a grant from the Texas Medical Association Foundation as part of Vaccines Defend What Matters, TMA’s multimedia public health education and advocacy effort to increase vaccination rates in Texas.


TMA Grants to Help Your Practice Improve Local Vaccination Rates - 08/10/2022

Apply for a grant. Vaccines Defend What Matters (formerly Be Wise – Immunize) is TMA’s integrated, multimedia public health education and advocacy effort to overcome vaccine hesitancy and increase vaccination rates in Texas. 


Talk to Patients About: Polio - 08/08/2022

Polio once terrified Americans. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, the virus crippled around 35,000 Americans a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because polio often attacked abdominal muscles used to breathe, many died or permanently needed a respirator called an iron lung.


Untangling ImmTrac2: TMA Aims to Build on Immunization Registry Reforms - 07/29/2022

The Texas Medical Association is hopeful state lawmakers will be spurred by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to address ImmTrac2's shortfalls, bolstering public health protections and easing physicians' administrative woes.


CDC Authorizes Novavax Adult COVID Vaccine - 07/22/2022

There’s now a fourth COVID-19 vaccine option available in the U.S. after the federal government gave emergency use authorization to the Novavax vaccine for adults.


Talk to Patients About: Natural Immunity vs. Vaccine Immunity for COVID-19 - 06/29/2022

Catching COVID-19 can provide people with a degree of immunity from being reinfected with the disease in the future. This prompts some to opt against vaccination and instead risk getting sick to obtain this “natural immunity” on the assumption they will get a mild case and it will protect them from future illness.


Vaccine Equity Gains: COVID-19 Vaccine Rate Disparities Narrow Amid Physician-Led Outreach - 06/29/2022

When the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began in mid-December 2020, many physicians, advocates, and community leaders worried the health disparities laid bare by the pandemic would repeat themselves.  But improved data collection and innovative outreach efforts – many of them led by Texas physicians and medical students – have helped close these gaps.


Help TMA Foundation Break a Record to Amplify Community Impact - 06/27/2022

Did you miss out on the chance to participate in the Texas Medical Association Foundation’s annual gala this year at TexMed 2022?


CDC Recommends COVID Vaccines for Kids as Young as 6 Months - 06/21/2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended two COVID-19 vaccines that now can be used for children between 6 months and 5 years old, meaning physicians and other vaccinators can begin giving those shots – and they’re now available for ordering through the state’s Vaccine Allocation & Ordering System.


Ten Donors Earn Recognition for Crucial Support of TMAF - 06/13/2022

The Texas Medical Association Foundation and its president, Michael E. Speer, MD, recognized 10 organizations for their membership in the foundation’s Corporate Leadership Circle during TMAF’s annual gala at TexMed 2022 in Houston.


Preorder COVID Vaccines for Ages 6 Months to 5 Years - 06/03/2022

State health authorities are asking COVID-19 vaccinators who will immunize children from ages 6 months through 5 years to preorder the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines that will collectively serve that age group once they’re approved.


TMA Foundation Board Elects San Antonio Executive - 06/01/2022

The TMA Foundation (TMAF) has elected pharmacist and H-E-B senior vice president Craig Norman, RPh, to serve as the executive committee member-at-large on the TMAF Board of Trustees.


CDC Signs Off on COVID Booster for Ages 5-11 - 05/20/2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s immunization advisory committee has approved Pfizer COVID-19 booster doses for children aged 5 to 11.


Two North Texas Health Entities Receive TMA Foundation Health Awards - 05/16/2022

Two North Texas health entities have won the 2022 Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award. Project Access Tarrant County received the Top Award, and the Texas Health Physicians Group Virtual Visits Initiative received the Secondary Award.


After Successful Gala, Help TMA Foundation Set a Funding Record for TMA Public Health Programs - 05/09/2022

The Texas Medical Association Foundation’s (TMAF’s) support of community public health initiatives around the state got a gigantic boost at TexMed 2022 in April, where TMAF’s 29th annual gala, Crossroads of Culture, raised more than $400,000. But the foundation is still shooting to shatter its all-time annual funding record – and you can help.


Talk to Patients About: Should I Get Vaccinated if I’ve Had COVID-19? - 05/01/2022

There is a lot of misinformation about vaccines, so each month Texas Medicine highlights common concerns that patients raise about immunizations. This material is designed to help you talk to your patients and help them understand the benefits of vaccines. Find


Grab Your Tickets for Friday’s TMA Foundation Annual Gala - 04/25/2022

Don’t miss your chance to party with friends and colleagues this Friday, April 29, at the Texas Medical Association Foundation’s (TMAF’s) 29th annual gala at the Hilton-Americas Houston, held as part of TexMed 2022.


2022 TMAF Gala - 04/22/2022

Join Your CMS and Alliance Friends at TexMed in Houston The world is changing but one thing we can be proud of is the incredible diversity around us.


Mandatory Monthly COVID Vaccine Inventory Reporting Starts in May - 04/22/2022

Beginning in May, COVID-19 vaccinators will be required to make monthly reports of their vaccine inventory by the fifth of each month, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has told Texas Medicine Today.